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April 4, 2001 - April 12, 2001

Serious Sam More In UK

posted: April 12, 2001 @ 11:35 EDT by: ryan

Serious Sam is due to be released in the UK tomorrow, but
what nobody seems to have noticed is that it is going to cost British gamers up to double the American price, with an RRP
(Recommended Retail Price) of 29.99, about $42. Actual street prices vary from 22 to 29 (roughly $30-40).

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Klipsch 2.1 Speakers Review

posted: April 12, 2001 @ 11:35 EDT by: ryan

Gamesurge takes a look at the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 speakers.

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Two PCI Slot Coolers

posted: April 12, 2001 @ 11:33 EDT by: ryan

Mikhailtech takes a look at two PCI slot coolers with completely different designs and show you what makes or breaks each one. They also threw in the SC-190 and the 3-in-1 Cooler for comparison (so you could call it a roundup). Here's a quote:

"PCI slot blowers galore! I never thought I'd see so many different varieties. Guess I was wrong. So today we'll be taking a look at two such coolers, both created for the same purpose but executed in completely different ways. How will these benefit you? For starters, not everyone is willing to rip up an expensive video card for the purpose of attaching a bigger heatsink. Especially not if you paid $200-300 for it. This is one route you can take without voiding your warranty. And as far as overall system cooling is concerned, these will also (in theory) lower your overall case temperatures. What am I rambling about? The SC-080 and SC-180 system coolers."

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posted: April 12, 2001 @ 11:31 EDT by: ryan

TweakTown have posted an 8 page review of the ABIT TH7 RAID motherboard which is based on the Intel 850 chipset for the Intel Pentium 4 processor platform. Here's a clip:

"The ABIT TH7 RAID motherboard is very impressive, it is chock full of very useful features and lives up to the ABIT name of high quality motherboard. The benchmarking results against the Intel D850GB reference motherboard were close, but in memory intense benchmarks it shows ABIT have done some extra work to tweak the memory system of the ABIT TH7 RAID to boost overall system performance, especially in Quake 3 Arena - It absolutely flies even in High Quality mode at 1024x768!"

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Asus A7VI-VM Review

posted: April 12, 2001 @ 11:30 EDT by: ryan

ViaHardware has posted their review of ASUS's KM133 based A7VI-VM. The KM133 market is really starting to pick up, with a number of very competitive solutions available right now. How does ASUS's board stack up? Here's a clip:

"Our A7VI-VM came sporting a week 53 VT8365 northbridge, otherwise known as KM133. KM133, as we discussed in our preview, is the combination of KT133 and a Savage 4 graphics engine in a single package. Wait a second, lets back up... Week 53!?! A reader sent in a picture of a KT133A with a Week 53 northbridge a few weeks back, and now I realize that it definitely wasn't a photoshop trick. Apparently, there is always at least one day in week 53 of every year. Last year, when this northbridge was manufactured, there was actually an entire week 53, as the 1st of January was only a Saturday. There was even 1 day in Week 54, although I doubt any components were manufactured that Sunday."

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Installing a HDD

posted: April 12, 2001 @ 11:30 EDT by: ryan

Extreme Overclocking has posted an article for all the people who are just starting to get into tinkering with their computer. Mark did an instructional video on how to install a hard drive, and he also included a detailed supplement with lots of screen shots.

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Samsung Laser Printer Review

posted: April 12, 2001 @ 11:29 EDT by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of the Samsung QL-7050/N Laser Printer Review on Neoseeker. This is quite the printer if you're looking for a fast network laser printer.

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Soyo AMD DDR Review

posted: April 11, 2001 @ 6:16 EDT by: ryan

AthlonOC takes the Soyo AMD DDR motherboard for a spin around the block and pushes the board as far as it will go! Read on to find out how it compared against a Transcend AMD DDR motherboard.

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Lian-Li PC20-3333 Review

posted: April 11, 2001 @ 6:16 EDT by: ryan

Lian-Li PC20-3333 review @ PC Extremes.

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Zalman CNPS2005 Heatsink

posted: April 11, 2001 @ 6:15 EDT by: ryan

FrostyTech has posted up a review of the Zalman CNPS2005 FHS Heatsink.

"In this round of testing we compared the CNPS2005 to other heatsinks without 80mm fans, and with the CNPS3100. As you can clearly see by the results of our tests on the synthetic temperature test platform, the all-aluminum CNPS2005 performed about 6 degrees less than the copper-based CNPS3100. Overall it placed roughly center in our list of comparison heatsinks. It is to be expected because the CNPS2005 is aluminum (and very light by the way) while its brother is much heavier and copper-based. Heatsinks which performed better than the ultra-quiet and very light weight CNPS2005 include the Blizzard S370-L, GlobalWin WBK 38 (a very loud cooling solution), and the ThermalTake Volcano II."

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50 Case Mods @ Fast MHz

posted: April 10, 2001 @ 3:52 EDT by: ryan

FAST-MHz has 50 plus http://www.fast-mhz.com/casemods/index.shtml">new case mods for your enjoyment. Might want to check that out.

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1.33GHz Athlon Review

posted: April 10, 2001 @ 3:50 EDT by: ryan

Today's review on EuroGamer takes a shufti at the in-game performance of AMD's latest 1.33GHz Athlon.

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CV Chill 370/462 Review

posted: April 10, 2001 @ 3:50 EDT by: ryan

GideonTech.com has a new review of the CV Chill 370/462 Cooler from E-Compuvision.com!

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Rune Patch

posted: April 10, 2001 @ 3:49 EDT by: ryan

The rune patch is out. Get it.

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Intel P4 1.5GHz Review

posted: April 10, 2001 @ 3:48 EDT by: ryan

TweakTown have posted a better late than never review of the Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz processor. In this review of the Intel Pentium, TweakTown take you on a journey looking at the new features it possesses, overclocking, the monstrous heatsink and new retention style, the upgrade, benchmarking against an AMD Athlon processor and Intel Pentium 3 processor and much more in which they try not to make just another review of the Intel Pentium 4 processor:

"The Intel Pentium 4 processor is a fast processor, built for the future, not today. Intel should have designed the processor for today so it's features can be fully utilized. Intel didn't though, they designed it hoping programmers would take advantage of the processors new features after it's release, not a very wise discussion I believe. I cannot justify spending AU$2000 on a processor and memory, not when it can be beaten in just about all benchmarks by a top end AMD Athlon processor (especially AMD's new AXIA stepping which can hit 1.5GHz) which is a quarter of the price of an Intel Pentium 4, at least at the moment."

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GeForce2 MX 400 & 200

posted: April 10, 2001 @ 3:47 EDT by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted a review of the NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 and GeForce2 MX 200. As is known, NVIDIA is going to replace its GeForce2 MX with a new family of graphics products.

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Build a Baybus

posted: April 9, 2001 @ 10:23 EDT by: ryan

Here's an article on how to make a baybus yourself.

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Dell Screwed Up?

posted: April 9, 2001 @ 10:22 EDT by: ryan

Yahoo Tech reports that the dell chairman "screwed up" when they hired to many people.

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78th ZZZ

posted: April 8, 2001 @ 3:33 EDT by: ryan

The 78th issue of ZZZ online is out. Read in the latest issue of ZZZ online about:

- ultra ergonomic mouse (which looks like a pen)
- flying power stations
- vibrating digital image sensor
- the best music compression format

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Cool 3D MIR Screensaver

posted: April 8, 2001 @ 11:11 EDT by: ryan

LiScreensavers has released a new 3d screensaver that looks pretty cool. It is about the MIR Reentry. Shame it didn't land on the Taco Bell target, I could use a free Taco :)

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Socket Heatsink Roundup

posted: April 8, 2001 @ 11:09 EDT by: ryan

AcidHardware have just posted their 11 page socketed heatsink roundup. They have gathered a total of 9 heatsinks from GlobalWin, Alpha, Coolermaster, OCZ, ThermoSonic, ThermalTake and Kanie. Not only did they test the coolers with stock fans but also with Delta 6800RPM, YS-TECH 4500RPM and Sunon 4500RPM fans:

"To make sure the CPU generated its maximum heat load, we ran Quake3 Demo001 loops for 45mins with Prime95 running in the background. Prime95 stresses the CPU because it runs through a slew of complex mathematical equations to discover mersene prime numbers, thus generating more heat. When the temperature leveled out at what we thought was full load, we recorded the temperature. The thermistor was wedged between the heatsink and CPU, as close to the core as possible."

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GlobalWin P4 Heatsink

posted: April 8, 2001 @ 11:08 EDT by: ryan

TweakTown have posted a five page review of the new GlobalWin Pentium 4 heatsink. Already, GlobalWin a company known for producing top quality heatsinks have released one of the first heatsinks designed solely for the new Intel Pentium 4 (Socket-423) processor with official support up to 1.5Ghz.

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29 Rune Exp Shots

posted: April 8, 2001 @ 11:07 EDT by: ryan

Want to see some of the characters in the upcoming add-on pack, Rune: Halls of Valhalla? Head over to Human Head's company site, and feast your eyes on 29 shots of some of the characters you'll play as.

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Zalman Copper FHS Heatsink

posted: April 7, 2001 @ 9:13 EDT by: ryan

FostyTech has posted up a review of a wacky looking copper heatsink:

"I'm really not sure where the Zalman heatsinks fit into this equation, or for that matter what to call them... We've seen extruded, cast, cold forged, assembled, bonded fin, and Orb heatsinks along with any number of copper-aluminum hybrid variations.

The Zalman CNPS3100 is probably the first "Flower Heatsink" (FHS) you've ever seen. What makes this a Flower-type heatsink, is how the CNPS3100 is constructed. Where extruded heatsinks are one-piece affairs, this heatsink is made up of 50 individual pure-copper patterned fins, and two aluminum blocks which are held together with two stainless steel bolts. The base of this heatsink is milled absolutely flat, and is razor smooth. That in itself is something rare to see these days.

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Detonator Driver Database

posted: April 7, 2001 @ 9:12 EDT by: ryan

Tweaker's Asylum has just finished updating their Windows 9x/ME NVIDIA Detonator Performance Database with the 6.92, 7.58, 10.80, and 11.00 Detonators. This brings the total number of Windows 9x Detonators listed on our database to 35 from the 11.xx, 10.xx, 7.xx, 6.xx, and the 5.xx Series!

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MousePad Roundup

posted: April 7, 2001 @ 9:11 EDT by: ryan

AcidHardware has just posted a roundup of the new Everglide Mousing Surface V-1, the fUnc 1030 Mousing sUrface and the original Everglide surface. This is the first review of the new FineCell Everglide pad. They put it through its paces and determine if it is really a large improvement.

"Everglide have finally reengineered their original mousing surface. The original Everglide mousing surface was the pad that started up the effortless mousing craze. Now the new surface is out, better than ever.. or is it? ... We also throw in another premium mousing surface for this review. The fUnc 1030 mousing surface. It comes packaged in a tin box, is fully reversible with a smooth or rough side, a rubberized base and a mouse chord holder."

Direct Link: http://www.acidhardware.com/reviews/padroundup/index.shtml

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Hurc 3D Prophet III Look

posted: April 6, 2001 @ 5:36 EDT by: ryan

T-Break has just finished publishing a first-hand look including benchmarks, overclocking and driver comparison for the Hercules 3D Prophet III GeForce3 card before the weekend. Here's a bit from it:

"The Hercules Prophet III is surrounded by real cool looking blue heatsinks on all the ram chips and the magnificent Blue Orb on the core- a sight to see."

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Thor's EL Keyboard Guide

posted: April 6, 2001 @ 5:35 EDT by: ryan

Those crazy nuts over at Virtual Hideout have run out of cases to mod so they tore apart a keyboard:

"One part I found particularly difficult to fit was under the arrow keys...so I routed the cable around the keys. Next you need to drill a hole somewhere in the bottom of the keyboard where you can route the power cable for the EL Cable out. The MS Natural Elite has a hollowed out back which allows me to route it out underneath the keyboard. And even though I have no pictures of it, I can also fit the Battery/Inverter box underneath the keyboard. (I'll try to get a picture of this up soon) It's possible to extend the power cable so that you can tape the cable to the Keyboard cable and mount the inverter somewhere in you case. (I may be doing this at some point)."

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BIOS Update Guide

posted: April 6, 2001 @ 5:34 EDT by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted an article called "AWARD FLASH BIOS Update Guide". BIOS reflashing is a very useful thing for many PC users. In this article we tried to explain why BIOS reflashing may be necessary and how it could be carried out without much trouble. Even if you are a commencing user this article will help you tackle BIOS updating.

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Cheap 40GB HD Showdown

posted: April 6, 2001 @ 5:30 EDT by: ryan

Iamageek.com got the three cheapest 40GB drives around on their review table today. Quote:

"Now that we have met all the contenders it is time to compare very aspects of the drives. First up, noise! Noise is absolutely a concern with PC's today. Cooling fans, hard drives, and CD-ROMS are the key contributors to noise of a PC. PC's are getting much louder, mostly because of cooling so if we can save some noise on the hard drive I am all for that."

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OCZ 256MB PC166 Review

posted: April 6, 2001 @ 7:13 EDT by: ryan

Club Overclocker has posted a review of the OCZ Micro BGA 256MB PC166 SDRAM memory module. Just as a word of warning I have heard nothing but bad things about the OCZ, so be very careful when ording from them.

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Plextor 16/10/32 Review

posted: April 5, 2001 @ 7:25 EDT by: ryan

HotHardware has posted up a review of the Plextor 16/10/32x CD-RW. They loved this drive awarding it very high marks.

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Hercules Game Theater XP

posted: April 5, 2001 @ 7:22 EDT by: ryan

Guru3D.com has put up their review of the Hercules Game Theater XP sound card based on the Crystal CS4630 chipset.

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Dragon Riders Preview

posted: April 4, 2001 @ 6:03 EDT by: ryan

Fresh today on EuroGamer is a hands-on preview of Dragon Riders, a fantasy adventure game set in the world of Pern from Anne McCaffrey's best selling novels.

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1 GHz AXIA Athlons

posted: April 4, 2001 @ 6:01 EDT by: ryan

FiringSquad have some pretty good stuff on the new 1 GHz AXIA Athlons coming out now. Theirs hit a whopping 1.45 GHz!

"So what's the hullabaloo about now? Four letters my friends. AXIA.
These four letters denote the processor code on the AMD Thunderbird.
There is a bit more to this code as well. If you take a look at the
picture of the processor below, you will see AXIA0110TPEW. The most
important part of this lettering is the AXIA code. If don't get one of
those, your attempts at overclocking in the upper echelon of speed
ranges will probably be rather short-lived.

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